Levittown Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb

ISBN-10: 0802717950
ISBN-13: 9780802717955
Edition: N/A
Authors: David Kushner
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Description: "A riveting account of two familiesone African-American, the other white and Jewishwho worked together in the summer of 1957 against tremendous odds to begin the inevitable integration of America's first suburbs."Minneapolis Star TribuneIn the  More...

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 8/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

"A riveting account of two familiesone African-American, the other white and Jewishwho worked together in the summer of 1957 against tremendous odds to begin the inevitable integration of America's first suburbs."Minneapolis Star TribuneIn the decade after World War II , real estate developer Levitt & Sons helped thousands of people buy into the American dream of owning a home. They laid out the welcome mat, but not to everyone. Levittown had a whites-only policy. The events that unfolded in Levittown, Pennsylvania, in the unseasonably hot summer of 1957 would rock the community. There, a white Jewish family secretly arranged for a black family to buy the pink house next door. The explosive reaction would transform their lives, and the nation, leading to the downfall of a titan and the integration of the most famous suburb in the world.

David Kushner is the author of Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture. He is a contributing editor of Rolling Stone and Wired. His work has appeared in numerous other publications including The New York Times, Spin, Salon, and New York. He lives in New Jersey. Visit his website at www.davidkushner.com.

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Prologue
The Captain and the Kids
The Other Harlem
Dodgers Fans
The Perfect Plan
A Good Home
Pioneers
Neighbors
An Extra Bedroom and a Garage
43 Deepgreen Lane
The Secret Castle
The Baby Won't Know
The Missing Thumb
Battle Lines
Back to School
Dandelions and Bayonets
Freedom Fighters
The Stand
The Promise
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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